Be Brave and Say Goodbye

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I said goodbye so many times.  Now I find my mind still wonders to him.  This time I’m reminded as to why I keep saying goodbye.  When it is not right, it just is not right, no matter how much we had want it to be right.  Be brave enough to say goodbye.  God makes all things right.  God is always right.  Just let him go, and this time, mean it when you say goodbye.  God has bigger plans for the both of you.  This time, don’t think about what could’ve been, or even what should have been, though what should have been was genuine love.  It doesn’t make either of you wrong, it means that you are now growing up.  Be brave enough to say goodbye.  Saying goodbye doesn’t mean you hate each other, it means that you love each other by doing what is best for the other.  People talk of toxic people and toxic love, yet is there one person who is truly better than another?  We all have our flaws and failures, we all screw up in one way or another.  It means that you have different callings, and gifts that are unique to your own life and if you have a conflict of interest, you will always be at odds.  Take your time and chose right before you say I do.  Chose to love each other and if you cannot give yourself up for the other than allow them to go.  Be brave and say goodbye.

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God Has a Plan

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God has a plan.  When we fret about the direction our life is going, it is because we are not resting in God.  Resting means that we trust him.  When we make dumb decisions about our finances and relationships, it is because we are trying to drive the car called life, when all along God is the one who directs our paths.  He has a plan.  Today I have peace as I trust in him.  It doesn’t mean that I know what tomorrow will bring, he says that men have not seen what he has planned, but I do know by faith that those are all good plans and that all things will work for my good.  Thank you God for holding my life in the palm of your hands and for giving me your light.  Please lead me on the path that leads me on paths of righteousness.  I am yours.

Soul Prospering

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Many people associate prospering with having stable finances, or with having loved ones all around them.  Though these things can be called prosperity, they are not the same thing as soul prospering.  A soul may prosper whether the person is rich or poor.  A soul may prosper whether they are loved by many or alone.  Soul prospering has nothing to do with our circumstances, or what we have or not have.  Though every human being would love to have these types of prosperity, it was not lasting.  If your soul prospers based on what is happening around you, then what happens to your soul if circumstances change?  Abraham was promised many descendants, yet before he had died he only had two living sons.  Yet, he still prospered.  Soul prospering comes from the inside out and is based on faith.  It is rooted in what God says about you, and what he promises you.  Your circumstances can look bleak while someone who isn’t Godly seems to have much prosperity, but as I mentioned, circumstances can change.  Even if they never change, one can still have soul prosperity.  When a person’s soul prospers, then they have no fear, and they have much joy and peace.  It is God’s will that we all prosper, even as our soul prospers.  The only way to gain true soul prosperity is to be connected to God, and then the life blood of Jesus flows through our veins giving prosperity to everything.  It assures you that you are accepted, loved, and adored.  It assures you that God cares about every single thing that concerns you and that he is for you and not against you.  It takes all your insecurities away.  It changes us from the inside out, where we are free to be ourselves.  We can now be naked and unashamed.  God wipes all of our tears away.  We are known, we are celebrated, and we know without a shadow of a doubt that that will never change.  We have a future, and we have a hope, even if it is only for eternity where we will never endure sadness again.  Thank you Lord for soul prosperity.  Thank you Jesus for dying so that we can live.

Psalm 16:9 “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure”

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Times of Testing

 

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“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV

There are the promises of God that we receive from him personally that excite us, and then there is the time of testing.  What we often don’t realize is that as we endure trials of many kinds, we are shaped and molded into the person we need to be in order to be  ready to receive the promise that God intends to give us.  When we consider the Israelites who wandered in the desert for forty years after being delivered from captivity, we can understand that the minor trials that they had endured while on their journey to the promised land would had prepared their faith for the giants that they would have faced.  The truth is that there might always be giants to deal with, and there may always be challenges, but we won’t overcome unless our faith is in Jesus.  Do not be surprised at your trial, if you are waiting for God to bless your marriage, yet you and your spouse can barely hold it together, then consider that if you two hold onto God and the faith he gives you in the dry desert place, then your marriage will reap a harvest once you enter into the promised land of milk and honey.  If you have an unfair boss and you seek God while working for him, then when you enter into the promised land, you will have the strength of faith to endure an even bigger challenge.  It is the testing of our faith that truly proves our faith.  What is this faith anyways?  It is having faith in God, and not looking to anything else as our refuge.  God, shake our faith.

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Being Still

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Lately as I go about my day, getting ready to take on a task that I had planned for God’s glory, he is telling me to be still.  “But God, this is important”, I find my mind, independent of myself telling him.  He says, “if I told you to be still, then who is going to come against you or what harm will occur if you are still”.  “Oh, yeah that’s a great point”, I think to myself.  Why do we as Christians take on so many tasks in order to fulfill God’s given project, yet leave out God?  Who are we doing it for anyways?  If God tells me to move, then I can pray for his strength and grace to move if my flesh resists and by his power I can get it done.  Yet, being still seems so unproductive, yet if God says to be still, then he knows best, so we should be still.  I have not perfected this art of being still, but by his grace I am getting more experienced at stopping what I was about to start doing, and rest in stillness instead.  Thank you Lord for the gift of stillness that you have led me to.  Thank you for not forsaking me when I do fail to be still.  Please help me learn how to be still even more.  Some of the tasks we engage ourselves in are not really  as beneficial as we think they will be.  Some tasks are still an attempt to be near God.  Yet the only thing that has proven to truly draw us so close to God is to seek him in prayer with an earnest heart, and to have faith.

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God Moves Mountains

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God is moving mountains in my life.  Many challenges that were burdening me, he is moving them away.  He had told me recently that he was going to take away all the things that were burdening me.  When I start to fret or worry about things, he reminds me that he is going to take my burdens away.  He is fighting my battles for me.  How quickly my little human brain forgets.  Now, when I pray about things, instead of asking him to do things, instead I am led to “be still and know that I am God”.  Relying on what he has told us personally, even if we aren’t yet experienced at interpreting his voice or the noise is too loud, we can do this by relying on his promises, it is a form of prayer.  It is asserting faith.  It is standing on the rock.  Another challenge the Lord has been removing is fear about my own ability and worthiness.  We simply are not worthy and we are not able.  That is the end of the story.  It is understanding that he does these things only because he is merciful and his love is enduring.  There are times of silence in the desert where we fervently seek him, and then there are times of silence as we sit in the little tuft of grass he had led us to and watch as he moves the mountains and watch the springs fill up with his holy water.  Just watching him work while we rest is our gain when we believe.  Thank you God for working tirelessly on our behalves.  Thank you for moving mountains.  Please add hope to the listeners and faith to their healing.  It is just a tiny mustard seed of faith that you place in every single human heart, the hearts you have created to be one with yours, which includes every single human life that ever existed, that can move mountains.  Let us just rest and celebrate you and act on that tiny seed of faith.  Please remove distractions from our sites.  You even pierce through the distractions.  When you are here Lord, nothing darkens your light.  Alleluia My God reigns!  Amen.

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What is Your Will Lord? What Do You Seek?

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Lord, what is your will?  Let’s be honest, when we ask this question about something, it is because our flesh wants it and hopes that God will say yes.  There is nothing wrong with asking.  As a matter of fact we are told that if anyone lacks wisdom, that he should ask and that the God who does not find fault, will give it to him.  He doesn’t find fault.  That means that when we have any guilt or aren’t sure if our question is even worth asking, he doesn’t find fault and we can safely come to him with any and every need.  This is important to understand.  So when we ask, and we truly want to know what God’s will is, then he will tell us.  The truth is that we often get what we seek.  If we want to be justified in doing something, then that may be what we receive when we pray.  If we want the truth and seek it, then the Lord will give that too.  Think about this, when he was pleased with Solomon he offered to give him anything that he asked for.  If all he wanted was a wife, he would have received it. If he wanted fame or fortune, then the Lord would have given that to him, without finding fault.  You see, those with religious spirits still trying to put God in a box also want to tell you that God would never give you something outside of his perfect will for you, but if you really look at history you will see that that is not true.  God had intended on using Moses alone to lead his people and speak, but Moses insisted that he needed help, so God went ahead and anointed Aaron for the place.  That was not God’s original plan.  He planned to be the only ruler of Israel as well, yet they insisted on a King, and he then began anointed kings for them.  That was not God’s original plan.  God is not a formula.  God is not an unforgiving tyrant.  God is slow to anger and is very patient and understanding.  Not only did he adjust what he felt was best for his children after they insisted, but he also worked to make their desire work for them, without finding fault.  When Moses started having difficulty dealing with rebellious people, do we see God saying, “well if you had done things my way instead of insisting on doing things your own way, then this wouldn’t have happened”?  No, because that would mean that God is the type who finds fault, but we read in James that God gives generously, “without finding fault” (James 1:5).  You know, I wouldn’t put it past those who insist on maintaining their religious image of tyrannical God rationalizing that wording right out of that verse.  However, we are shown many things when we really seek God, he can and does adjust his original plans for his children, without finding fault.  However, there does seem to be issues that arise when we insist on doing things our way, deviating from his original plan.  So back to what I was saying, if we seek grace to have things done our way, God might allow it and give us what we seek.  Yet, when we seek the truth and to do things according to his original plan, he will do that too.  Solomon asked for wisdom, which happened to result in many wives and riches, and fame as well.  He happened to ask for the right thing.  Did he know that would happen when he sought it?  Probably not, just a guess.  We truly do get what we seek.  So we should ask ourselves, “what am I seeking?”  We are told, “seek, and you will find, knock and the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7).  We are also told that even if that door we want to open will be opened if we keep knocking and knocking, Jesus gave a parable about a man going to a friend’s home seeking bread, and at first the man told him to go away, yet he kept knocking and knocking until finally the man answered and gave him what he sought.  He said that in this way, if we keep knocking on the door of heaven, we will get it.  But, should you ?  Remember, if it is wisdom that you lack, God will give that to you.. if you seek it.

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